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Old March 27th, 2018, 03:55 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by caconservative View Post
Was the war necessary? Did the C. S. A. have a legal right to secede? There is nothing gracious about allowing the Southern states back into the Union when your looking down the barrel of a gun. You could say that that war accomplished two things, (1) abolition of slavery, and (2) abolition of the Union.
On the CSA's right to secede - yah, the experts are still discussing that. TMK, there was no provision in the Constitution for second thoughts about the wisdom of forming a republic. & it's been quite a while, & federal & state responsibilities & assets are vastly intertwined in the US. It would be difficult to allocate costs & benefits & come up with an equitable price tag if FL, for instance, were to wish to purchase all federal assets within its borders & disassociate itself from the US.

Was the Union abolished? Yes & no - there was certainly nothing stopping members of Plantation Society from upping stakes & moving to UK or Canada or the Caribbean, or Mexico or Central America or South America. That's what the diehard royalists did after the US War of Independence, & a fair number of Plantation individuals & families did the same after the Civil War.

Yes, it would have been more effective militarily & politically to have put all the CSA political & military leadership to the question, & executed the ringleaders. That was not what Lincoln had in mind, however. He wanted to keep the US together, not drown our political disagreements over slavery in lakes of blood. & so we tried a middle way, which gave rise to Jim Crow laws & a lot of suffering on the part of Blacks in the South. The dismembering of Reconstruction as part of a political deal was a cruel betrayal of the point of the Civil War.
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